After Ian Desmond sent a high fastball into the right-center-field seats for a solo home run in the seventh inning, Stephen Strasburg was one of the first to greet him with a high five at the bottom of the steps in the Washington Nationals' dugout.
Strasburg, despite his 2.50 earned run average, carried a 3-6 record in 13 starts coming into Friday's outing against the Colorado Rockies and seemed poised to pick up another no-decision.
Desmond's blast salvaged Strasburg's dominant outing and sent Washington to a 2-1 win, its third straight, in the second installment of a four-game series.
Strasburg (4-6) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and did not issue a walk.
In addition to Desmond's home run, Ryan Zimmerman doubled in a run in the sixth inning that also drew a fist pump from Strasburg in the dugout.
Tyler Chatwood went toe-to-toe with Strasburg for six innings. He gave up one run on four hits en route to earning a no-decision. He struck out four and walked two.
Manny Corpas (0-2) took the loss. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up Desmond's home run.
DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 and knocked in the Rockies' only run.
After Josh Rutledge was hit by a pitch in the third inning, he reached second on a Chatwood sacrifice. LeMahieu grounded a base hit through the left side to give Colorado an early edge.
Washington tied the game with a two-out rally in the sixth. Anthony Rendon dropped a single just in front of Michael Cuddyer in shallow right field, and Zimmerman then sliced a double just inside the right-field line to score Rendon.
Desmond led off the seventh inning and took advantage of a high fastball for his 12th home run of the year. Desmond accounted for the Nationals' game- winning run each of the last three nights.
Drew Storen worked around a lead-off walk for a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his 19th save.